International String Summer School

Sunday 1st August – Saturday 7th August 2021
Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 8-18) to develop their skills and confidence on their string instrument by taking part in exciting musical activities, either on our Chamber Music Programme or our String Solo Programme.

Musical Opportunities

Under the artistic directorship of Simon Smith, the distinguished team of tutors from Wells Cathedral School String Department, with guests, will run two Summer School programmes alongside each other.

Chamber Music Programme

This course is designed for students aged 12 to 18 who wish to focus on the intensive study of chamber music. Players can enrol as pre-formed groups or as individuals to be formed into ensembles. Aside from rehearsals and coaching there will be workshops and informal performance opportunities, and the week will culminate in a concert on Saturday afternoon that is open to family and friends.

This course is designed for experienced ensemble players who have reached, as a minimum standard, the equivalent of Grade 8 Distinction, and have the requisite skills and desire to work at the highest level. Players who do not meet these requirements will be guided towards the String Solo programme. Pupils who are not already known to the team of tutors will be asked to supply a short video of two contrasting pieces before their application will be formally accepted.

String Solo Programme

Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians, aged 8 to 18, to develop their skills and confidence by taking part in workshops, string orchestra, ensemble playing and individual lessons. We will welcome a range of abilities, although more experienced players who wish to focus more exclusively on chamber music may be guided towards our Chamber Music Course.

Performance Opportunities

There will be multiple opportunities to perform regardless of your skill level, culminating in a concert on Saturday afternoon that is open to family and friends.

Whilst we encourage everyone to take part in all performances and activities, we will not force anyone to participate if they don’t want to do so for whatever reason. However, we hope our friendly and accepting community will lead all musicians to take part, even if it is slightly outside of their normal comfort zone!

Other Activities

Even professional musicians need a break from their instruments! With Wells Cathedral School’s outstanding facilities, you’ll have a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not making music…

Meet our World-Class Staff

Course tutors will generally be either full- or part-time teaching staff of Wells Cathedral School, a government-recognised specialist music school that is known for its quality teaching and musical opportunities for pre-professional musicians. However, should our staff be unavailable for our string summer school, we will appoint music teachers of a comparable calibre to teach courses.

Meet our String Summer School Co-ordinator

Meet our String Staff

A Typical Day

Chamber Music Programme

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am: Registration for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Warm up and technique classes
9.30am: Coaching and rehearsals
10.30am: Break
10.45am: Coaching and rehearsals
12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Chamber Music Workshop
2.45pm: Activities
4.30pm: Coaching and rehearsals
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: Informal performances
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)

String Solo Programme

7.30am: Wake up call for boarders
8.00am: Breakfast
8.30am: Registration for both day and boarding students
9.00am: Warm up and technique classes
9.30am: Lessons and ensembles
10.30am: Break
10.45am: Lessons and ensembles
11.30am: Masterclass
12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Lessons and ensembles
2.45pm: Activities
4.30pm: String Orchestra
6.00pm: Supper
6.45pm: Informal performances
7.45pm: Day pupils depart
8.00pm: Boarders’ activities
9.30pm: Bedtime routine begins (age dependent)

Fees

The course costs £945 boarding and £745 day. Applicants who apply on or before Sunday 28th February will receive a 10% early bird discount.  The course includes meals (lunch and dinner for day).

A deposit of 25% of the course fee is required to reserve your place, with the balance due on 1st May 2021. Bookings made after the 1st May 2021 must be accompanied by the full fee for the course. Please note that covid restrictions will apply; your deposit is fully refundable should we be unable to run the course. Otherwise, deposits are non-refundable.

How to Apply

We recommend that you have the following information available before starting our booking process:

  • Details about your child’s musical history, including feedback from your child’s music teacher, if applicable
  • Details about any medical insurance cover, if applicable
  • Details about your child’s medical history, including dates of any major illnesses
  • Payment card details
To book onto our course, please note you will need to complete the following steps:

If you have any questions or if you’d like help with the application process, please contact us on 01749 834298 / [email protected]

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